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Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics are essential educational disciplines in the field of agriculture. Each unit features lessons that promote the development of STEM abilities and critical thinking skills. There are inquiry-based labs and real life challenges for students to better understand animal agriculture (grades 3-5), food science (grades 6-8), and sustainable energy (grades 9-12). Receive a free digital copy of all 3 STEM units by requesting the STEM Connections Flash Drive.
This five-lesson unit for grades 3-5 promotes the development of STEM abilities and critical thinking skills, while fostering an appreciation for the people involved in livestock production. The curriculum includes real-life challenges for students to investigate, inquiry-based labs, and opportunities to plan and construct models. Featured careers include animal physiologist, agricultural engineer, range manager, animal nutritionist, and animal geneticist.
This four-lesson unit for grades 6-8 promotes the development of STEM abilities and critical thinking skills, while fostering an appreciation for the people involved in food production. The curriculum includes inquiry-based labs, real life challenges for students to investigate, and opportunities to plan and construct products and shipping models. Featured careers include food scientist, food packaging specialist, food transportation specialist, and food safety specialist.
Food Safety Sleuths
Food on the Move
This five lesson unit with a laboratory for grades 9-12 promotes the development of STEM abilities and critical thinking skills, while fostering an appreciation for energy and its importance to food production. The new curriculum includes inquiry-based labs and real life challenges for students to understand energy sources and their implications.
The STEM Connections Flash Drive contains all three of the STEM units: Steer Toward STEM: Careers in Animal Agriculture, From STEM to Plate: Careers in Food Science, and STEM Connections, Energy and Agriculture: Careers in Sustainable Energy. Request the free flash drive.
Each year, a new edition of What's Growin' On? joins the collection. The 16-page educational newspaper highlights California's vibrant and diverse agricultural industry with current and accurate information. This edition includes a STEM activity on every page. Activities are aligned to California Standards.